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OLIVER! - Feb. 13 -16


“Consider yourself at home with Lionel Bart's classic musical based on Charles Dickens' novel, Oliver Twist. The Tony and Olivier Award-winning show is one of the few musicals to win an Academy Award for Best Picture and is widely hailed as a true theatrical masterpiece by actors and audience members alike.


The streets of Victorian England come to life as Oliver, a malnourished orphan in a workhouse, becomes the neglected apprentice of an undertaker. Oliver escapes to London and finds acceptance amongst a group of petty thieves and pickpockets led by the elderly Fagin. When Oliver is captured for a theft that he did not commit, the benevolent victim, Mr. Brownlow takes him in. Fearing the safety of his hideout, Fagin employs the sinister Bill Sikes and the sympathetic Nancy to kidnap him back, threatening Oliver’s chances of discovering the true love of a family.

Oliver! is a musical theatre masterpiece, perfectly showcasing the talents of a large ensemble cast as they bring these classic characters and score to life” -- from Music Theatre international

The Brothers on Stage will present Oliver! on Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday, February 13 -16, at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, February 16 at 2:00 p.m. There is NO performance on Friday the 15th. General Admission is $10 and CBHS Students are FREE.

You can get tickets at:


CBHS Theatre is pleased to announce auditions for The Seagull by Anton Chekhov. The Seagull will be a collaboration with the Brothers on Stage and Mr. Smiley's Acting IV class. Please prepare one memorized CHEKHOV monologue of approximately 2 minutes in length from The Seagull. All female roles will be cast from local/area Memphis, TN High School talent.  A detailed rehearsal schedule will be posted at a later date. Most rehearsals will take place at CBHS beginning February 19, 2019. Rehearsals will take place in Acting IV and after school from 3:00 - 5:30 pm. Some Saturdays. Performances are April 11 - 13. No conflicts will be accepted for April 1 - 13. Please be prepared to list conflicts on your audition sheet. As this is the final acting project for Acting IV we are seeking students who are seriously committed to working on the production.
You can access The Seagull here.

Arkadina's only son, Treplev is impatient, self-defeating, and a dreamer; he’s inspired by new artistic forms and by deep love, yet feels he is denied both of these things; he begins the play inspired by Symbolism and in love with Nina, and moves toward cynicism about both artistic and romantic satisfaction; he finds himself in the shadow of his mother and her lover, the writer Trigorin, both of whom possess the fame he craves.
Arkadina's lover and moderately acclaimed Russian writer; he begins dutiful to Arkadina but as the play develops, turns toward Nina; he is an obsessive- compulsive writer and feels that he lost out on his youth and on romantic experiences because he was seeking a writing career.
The sixty-year-old landowner of the estate where the play takes place; Sorin is a kind listener, nostalgic, a supporter of both his nephew and sister's talents, but feels he has no talents of his own; as his health deteriorates, he bemoans the youth he wasted and the opportunities he missed.
A local doctor who was once a popular and handsome ladies' man; he has known Arkadina, Sorin, and the rest for many years; Dorn is having an affair with Paulina, though doesn’t seem to show her as much understanding as he bestows on the young people in the play.
Father to Masha and husband to Paulina; he acts as the manager of Sorin's farm and household year round. Shamrayev is an impassioned fan of theatre, and a immovable despot about his farm.
A poor school teacher, devoted to the disinterested Masha; despite the financial and romantic challenges he faces, he is blindly optimistic about his chances for happiness and success.
Servant of Sorin, large man, lazy, hates working.
An actress aging past the height of her career; she is the mother of Treplev, the lover of Trigorin, and the sister of Sorin; she is a magnetic and powerful presence, both among friends and on the stage, but struggles with motherhood; she is competitive, focused on outward marks of status, wistful, nostalgic.
A nineteen-year-old neighbor of Sorin's estate; at the play’s open, Nina loves Treplev, but finds herself drawn to Trigorin over the course of the play; she is smart, idealistic, and profoundly driven; she dreams of being a famous artist.
The daughter of Paulina and Shamrayev, the managers of Sorin's farm; Masha is in love with Treplev, though he does not love her; meanwhile, she is critical and unsympathetic to her own admirer, Medvedenko; she is displeased with her undramatic life, and wonders at its meaning.
The mother of Masha and the wife of Shamrayev; unhappy with her husband, she loves Dorn but feels slighted by his casual attention to her; Paulina sees a reflection of her own life in her daughter.

The CBHS Theatre Program exists as an ongoing educational venue in theatrical arts geared toward education and enlightening students, performers and spectators alike, toward the understanding that the ARTS are a vital and meaningful part of the human existence. The number one goal of theatre is education. To that end, the theatre staff work diligently to provide performance opportunities for as many students as possible who might wish to experience being a part of a theatrical stage work. This helps to ensure that many young men of CBHS, and female participants from other schools, have the exposure to theatrical arts education. There are opportunities galore for students of all talents - from actors and singers, to dancers, instrumentalists, designers, and those who love technical work. All young men who attend CBHS are eligible for auditions. Actresses from local high schools are part of our program, and we are always open to all who wish to audition and participate. Novice and veteran performers alike have a home with the CBHS theatre program.

SHORT PLAY FESTIVAL submissions Jan. 28 until Feb. 16

CBHS Theatre is pleased to announce the first annual SHORT PLAY FESTIVAL.

Submissions open January 28, 2019 with a deadline of February 16. Six winners will be announced on Monday March 4, and have their play performed as a Staged Reading in the CBHS auditorium at the end of March.

Please submit plays for review to
Eligibility for this annual playwriting festival  is limited to students in the 9th to 12th grade at Christian Brothers High School.
All Playwrights - Please read carefully.
The play should be approximately ten-minutes in length.
The play must have no more than five on-stage (speaking and non-speaking) characters. Consider the content of your play and that the material is suitable to be presented at Christian Brothers High School.
You may submit only one play. Please do not make more than one submission.
The play should be in a "play format" making it easy to read for judging panel.

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